Dundee United have stepped up their interest in former Celtic defender Charlie Mulgrew by offering the centre-back a contract in Tayside (Courier).

Mulgrew played with the Tannadice side in 2006 on loan from Celtic. He has since won five Scottish Premiership titles with the Parkhead side alongside stints with Aberdeen and Wolves.

The Celtic hero could return to SPFL football with Dundee United.

The Celtic hero could return to SPFL football with Dundee United. (Photo by Pete Norton/Getty Images)

Mulgrew was most recently contracted to Blackburn Rovers, having been at the English Championship club since 2016. It was reported that Mulgrew was high on a list of priority signings for new head coach Thomas Courts but now Mulgrew has a concrete offer to return to Scottish football.

Partick Thistle are also interested in the defender. The former Celtic player has made 44 appearances for Scotland and could become Courts’ first signing in the Dundee United dugout. United sporting director Tony Asghar believes it’s an ‘exciting time’ for the Tayside club: “We have been extremely impressed by Tam.

“I believe he is an excellent appointment with a tremendous skill-set that can only enhance what we have already in place. He has demonstrated an incredible work ethic, a real passion for the Club and the players and a confidence in his own abilities to step up and take charge of the first team.

“We want to build on what we have achieved in the past two seasons and improve our league position and Cup performances. It is an extremely exciting time – we are hoping a full Tannadice Park is a real possibility in the near future – and as a Club we are progressing in accordance to our long-term performance strategy.”

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